Fastest Way from Vietnam to the USA

Set sail with our exclusive new Sun Chief Express Service from Vietnam to Seattle

Select shippers can now take advantage of our direct, express shuttle service — departing
fortnightly from Vietnam and arriving in Seattle in as little as 17 days.

Now adding an IPI network - first launch to Memphis, TN & Chicago, IL

SPEED

Our #1 priority is to provide the fastest overall transit in the market today.

Fastest transit in the market from
Vietnam to the US - 17 days from Haiphong, 20 days from Ho Chi Minh

 

Factory to Warehouse
in as little as 20 days

 

Priority berthing at both
origin and destination

GUARANTEES

Fixed rates. Fixed space. Preset equipment allocations. Or your money back.

Guaranteed contractual
allocations per voyage

 

Dedicated, closed-loop
equipment pool with
6,000+ containers

 

New, fast, eco-friendly,
2,500+ TEU vessels

RELIABILITY

100% Transit Time Performance.
Service you can count on.

No “Blank Sailings” - Schedules
published 9 months in advance with
2 sailings per month

 

12-24 month contracts with
fixed ocean freight base rate -
No “Premium Surcharges”

 

Dedicated empty equipment
pool
at origin for suppliers


100% Transit Time Performance

Space & Equipment Guaranteed

Contact us for a quote and more information.

 

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Sun Chief Sailing Schedule

View scheduled sailings

See when our ships are on the move. Easily view ETAs, ETDs, Cut-Off Dates and other important information in our convenient sailing schedule.

North America Destinations

Ship from Southeast Asia to the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and Canada

Choose the Sun Chief Express for the fastest and most reliable shipping from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia to the Pacific Northwest. Now, you can also reach the Midwestern US via Memphis IPI and Canada via Vancouver.

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Seattle

Pacific Northwest

Sun Chief Express calls on Seattle's T30 terminal which is served by Class 1 railways & conveniently located near major highways to quickly move your cargo across the nation.

 

  • Minimal port waiting times with priority berthing and peel piles at T30 Terminal

  • 24 – 36-hour average discharge

  • Empty returns in Seattle through e-modal

  • 300,000 sq. ft. of prime distribution and transload space in Seattle to support the service
NEW Memphis & Chicago IPI Service

Midwestern US

Connecting Southeast Asia to the Midwest, our new Inland Point Intermodal (IPI) service shuttles your freight from Seattle to Memphis or Chicago in as little as 16 days.

 

  • Weekly Departures from Seattle

  • Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR)

  • Rail Ramps: Marion, AR & Global 4 in Joliet

  • 16-day transit from discharge to Memphis or Chicago arrival
NEW Vancouver Feeder Service

Canada

Take advantage of our dedicated transshipment service from Seattle to Vancouver's Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) via Swire's Westwood Shipping Lines.

 

  • Leading transit time from Vietnam to Vancouver via Seattle in as little as 27 days

  • Quick berthing & container discharge at FSD – No Delays!​

  • Empty returns at FSD​

  • Transit time between T30 and FSD is only 2 days

Southeast Asia Origins

Supplemental feeder services at origin

UWL can explore supplemental feeder services for high volume clients which connect to our main Sun Chief Express Vietnam to Seattle line via our partner network.

Our feeder network currently spans Cambodia, Thailand,
& Indonesia.

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Phnom Penh & Sihanoukville Feeder Service

Cambodia

Dedicated service linking Phnom Penh​ & Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh for quick transit to Seattle. This is a great cost- & time-saving alternative to overland cross-border transit.

 

  • Fastest transit time from Cambodia to the US West Coast at 26 days​

  • Equipment pool and capacity in Cambodia​

  • Guaranteed Sunday barge to connect to the following Saturday HCM departure ​

  • Transit time between PNH and HCM is only 18-24 hours​

  • 1 day cut-off
Laem Chabang Feeder Service

Thailand

We offer coastal barge service via our partner network connecting Laem Chabang to our call in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam providing fast and efficient transit from Thailand to Seattle.

 

  • Laem Chabang to the Pacific Northwest in as little as 26 days

  • Equipment pool and capacity in Thailand​

  • Barge service connecting to Saturday Ho Chi Minh departure ​

  • Transit time between LCB and HCM is only 24-48 hours​

  • 2 day cut-off prior to departure
NEW Jakarta Feeder Service

Indonesia

Choose our new express feeder service linking Jakarta to Seattle via Ho Chi Minh for fast shipping of your freight from Indonesia to the United States and Canada.

 

  • Fast transit from Indonesia to the US West Coast in as little as 30 days​

  • Feeder service from Jakarta connecting to Ho Chi Minh​

  • Equipment pool & capacity in Jakarta

  • Transit time between JKT & HCM is around 10-15 days
GET IN TOUCH

Secure your capacity today

Slots are going fast — let's customize a plan that works for you. 

Book a consultation with one of our experts for rates and more information.

Reefer Services

Refrigerated cargo transportation ​between Seattle, Vietnam & Thailand

With new eco vessels, reefers fitted with the latest technology, and a carrier who has been in the business since the 1970s, our refrigerated shipping solution is backed by the tools, tech, and expertise to ensure your refrigerated cargo arrives on time and in peak condition.

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Space & Equipment
GUARANTEED.

No Blank Sailings. Ever.

VESSELS

  • New, fast, eco ships
  • Average size: 2,500+ TEUs
  • Average age: < 2 years
  • Wholly owned by Swire

EQUIPMENT

  • 6,000+ brand new containers
  • 40' HQ  & 20' Dry Containers
  • 40' Reefer Containers
  • Closed-loop equipment pool
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UWL + Swire Shipping

The first dedicated ocean service by an NVOCC in the trade

We are incredibly excited to introduce something completely new and revolutionary to the trade at a time when the market needs it most – UWL is contracting with Swire Shipping to launch the first ever dedicated ocean service by an NVOCC in the TP trade.

Our goal is to support underserviced trades with dedicated, express, premium services that add reliable, guaranteed capacity to the trade.

This solution represents a true collaboration between industry pioneers, Swire Shipping and UWL, steeped in history, to create something entirely new and innovative in the market today. 

Our Team

 Meet the Sun Chief Operations Team

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Duncan Wright

UWL

President

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Rufus Frere-Smith

SWIRE PROJECTS

Regional Head of Americas

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Evan Hartman

UWL

Vice President
International Operations

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Harry Stones

SWIRE PROJECTS

Line Manager

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Michael Van Hagen

UWL

Senior Vice President
Supply Chain

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Chris Krawczyk

UWL

Vice President
National Sales

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Jane Colazzo

UWL

Senior Vice President
Enterprise

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Al Quiming

UWL

Vice President
Carrier Management

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Maisie Rotuno, LCB

UWL

Director
Business Process & Training

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Shannon Dillinger

UWL

Director
International Services

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Lincoln Pei

UWL

Vice President
Tradelane
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